Kara Suzanne – Parlor Walls
Here’s a download of the song Doses:
I’ve been enjoying Kara Suzanne’s album Parlor Walls for several months now and have been meaning to post about it here on the site for weeks! Here’s a link to Bandcamp where you can stream the album.
Here’s a short bio:
Were there any doubt as to whether Rock & Roll and Country music was still promisingly alive, Kara Suzanne is wailing, kicking proof of its everlasting relevance. Her lyrics and vocal delivery bare the influence of songwriters such as Neko Case, Patty Griffin, Neil Young, and hearken even further back into the well of the folk tradition.
Yet, with an innate, almost predestined sense, she manages to do it with an undeniably classic but updated sensibility. Of Kara Suzanne and the brawny, ever-formidable Gojo Hearts, people have been taking notice for some time. Band members include guitarist/songwriter/singer Steve Lewis, bassist Jordan Scannella, and drummer Jay Frederick.
Aside from garnering increasing popularity from their shows at the Sundance, Nantucket, and Hampton Film Festivals, and in esteemed New York venues (Irving Plaza, The Living Room, Mercury Lounge, and Gramercy Theater), Kara’s debut album “Aumsville” won Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. This band, simply put, is a veracious force.
– Craig Levinsky
From the press release:
In January singer-songwriter Kara Suzanne self-released her sophomore album ‘Parlor Walls’. Brooklyn’s Americana songstress embodies the essence of Dolly and Emmylou with a dash of modern-day Lucinda combining blues, country and roots rock. “Parlor Walls” was produced and engineered by Bryan Pugh, and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studio, the 19th century-old former St. John’s Catholic Church nestled in the upper Hudson River Valley near Woodstock playing host to such artists as 10,000 Maniacs, Herbie Hancock, Buckwheat Zydeco and Joan Jett.
“I was never one for watching parlor’s walls,” one of the key lyrics destined to create the title song is also an idea taken from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, which launched Kara’s curious vision of a future with a humanity far removed from itself. “I wrote the album Parlor Walls with the intention of naming the things I’ve used to distract myself from being in the present. Each song on the album is based on one of these things. Fear, infatuation, obsession, desperation, nostalgia, lust….”
– Kara Suzanne